If you’re like most men who only use soap in the shower, then you’re doing it all wrong!
There are millions of dead skin cells that are sitting on the surface of our skin every day, and despite our attempts at rubbing them off with soap, it’s not enough to stop some of these dead skin cells from piling up and leaving behind a trail of microscopic filth!
But don’t worry! I am here to show you how to can improve your showering skills to have a cleaner body and healthier looking skin!
Body Exfoliation is one of the best things you can do for your skin while you’re in the shower. Why is it the best? Because it’s going to help you get rid of any of those dirty dead skin cells that are piling up on your body. And as an added bonus, it’s going to help keep your skin feeling smoother and looking younger.
There are a few different methods that can be used for Body Exfoliation, but the easiest one I find to do is by using an Exfoliation Towel or Glove in the shower. These items can also be known as a Loofah, which is made from fibrous material found in gourd-like tropical fruits. Whether you choose a synthetic Exfoliation material or a Loofah, it doesn’t make a huge difference in my opinion.
When using a Body Exfoliate, either Towel or Glove, it’s always a good idea to use soap or a body wash at the same time so you are helping to remove additional dirt and bacteria while you’re exfoliating. I personally prefer an Exfoliation Towel because I find it easier to reach my back by holding the towel diagonally with one end of the towel held over my shoulder and the other end held down by the opposite side of my lower waist. You can also scrunch the towel up into a ball to give yourself a bit more grip when going over the body.
It’s important to note that Body Exfoliation is very different to Facial Exfoliation. As the skin on the face is thinner than that on the body, there are more cosmetic-based methods for Facial Exfoliation that I will be discussing in a future topic.
Here are a few FAQs to help you understand more about Body Exfoliation –
Q. Do I need to exfoliate every day?
No, in fact you should only exfoliate your skin about 2-3 times per week. Even though all those dead skin cells are being pushed to the surface of your skin every day, there’s still new fresh skin cells that are near the surface too. So if you go about scrubbing away at the surface of your skin every day, you are likely to start damaging the healthy cells on the surface of the skin, and even start causing irritation to the skin.
Q. Where do I go to buy an Exfoliating thingy?
Well, you can usually find an Exfoliating Glove, Puff, or Towel at your local supermarket. They are usually pretty cheap too for about $2-$3 each. You can find Loofahs at specialty stores or online stores.
Q. Is it good to use a Loofah straight after the gym?
Yes! It’s a really good way to clean off all that extra bacteria you’ve just accumulated from sweating and touching all the gym equipment. The stimulation of the exfoliation will also promote blood circulation to the skin, which should be pumping with plenty of oxygen after your workout. Just remember not to over exfoliate and stick to the 2-3 days per week rule.
Q. Is it safe to Exfoliate my ball sack?
Absolutely! It’s covered in skin too! Your scrotum, or “ball sack”, whether hairy or smooth is going to benefit from a good scrub. The skin is quite thick and it’s always kept tucked away in your underwear, so all those dead skin cells don’t have much room to escape the area. Just remember to be careful around the penis as the skin on the shaft can be sensitive to exfoliation.
Q. I was told that Exfoliation can help with ingrown hairs, is that true?
It’s true! Hair follicles are in the Dermis (lower layer) of the skin, and the hair needs to push through the Epidermis (top layer) to be seen. So exfoliation can make it easier for those pesky hairs to push through the surface of the skin.
Q. I grazed some skin off my leg and it’s starting to scab, will exfoliation help that heal quicker?
No, it won’t! I would recommend waiting until the grazed area has fully healed before going near it. Unlike naturally occurring dead skin cells, the scab is part of the body’s wound healing process and it’s there to protect and mend the damaged area of the skin. Attempting to exfoliate the area will only make things worse!
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Stay tuned for the next topic in the Skin Health Series where I discuss the topic of “Sun Protection”.
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